Green Trade and Investment expo 2022

West Yorkshire is at the forefront of the global effort in decarbonisation and the transition to a sustainable, net zero carbon economy, and an ideal location for green businesses to thrive and expand.

West Yorkshire is the heart of the North and an internationally significant region in its own right. We are one of the UK’s most attractive locations for development and inward investment, and an ideal location for green businesses to thrive and expand.

Our region has declared a climate and environment emergency and set the ambitious target of transitioning to a carbon net zero economy by 2038 with significant progress by 2030, as set out in our Climate and Environment Plan.

Under the leadership of Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, we are working to make our region an even better place to live, work, visit and do business by fulfilling her 10 pledges around jobs, skills, the economic recovery, transport, homes, tackling the climate emergency and safety. 

Her election is bringing £1.8 billion of spending under local control as part of the UK's largest regional devolution deal of its kind. It means that decisions currently taken in London will be taken in West Yorkshire, by people who know and understand our region.

West Yorkshire

  • Home to over 2.3 million people
  • 1.1 million workforce
  • 80,000+ businesses
  • Our £57.9bn regional economy is larger than nine EU countries
  • Two-hour direct train journey to London Kings Cross
  • Global air links via Leeds Bradford Airport
  • More scale-ups than any other area outside London and the South East
  • Seven universities, producing 31,000 graduates a year
  • Home to over 170 ethnic groups with over 104 languages spoken
  • More people aged under 20 than any other area of the North

Opportunities for Green Trade and Investment

Our region is at the forefront of the global effort in decarbonisation and the transition to a sustainable, net zero carbon economy.

The University of Leeds is home to the Priestley International Centre for Climate, one of the worlds leading centres for developing climate policy. It was co-author of the IPCC AR6 report released in 2021, which was the basis of the climate change actions agreed by 140 countries at COP26. ​

The region’s universities and research centres are undertaking world leading research to reduce carbon emissions, such as sustanable food production, biofuels and bioplastics, green and sustainable chemistry, sustainable cement and concrete and sustainable textiles.

As a major manufacturing centre, our region has a growing number of companies involved in delivering products aimed at reducing global carbon emissions, which include:

  • Switch Mobility, a leading manufacturer of electric buses for the UK and worldwide markets
  • Ilke and L&G Homes, leaders in the Offsite and Modular construction of residential and commercial buildings
  • Schneider Electric, a major manufacturer of power infrastructure to the offshore wind industry and Electric Vehicle charging points
  • West & North Yorkshire have been identified by the Department for International Trade as as a High Potential Opportunity in the UK for investors in Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA)

We are also set to become a global centre of green finance with high-profile initiatives in the region:​

  • The £10m UK Centre of Greening Finance and Investment at the University of Leeds
  • The UK Infrastructure Bank (UKIB) based in Leeds is investing £22 billion in low carbon infrastructure projects to support the government’s ambitions on levelling up and net zero​
  • The Bank of England Northern hub is adopting Green and Environmental Social and Governance principles, saying it will shift purchases toward companies doing the most to fight climate change.

How Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership can help you

With access to hard economic facts, case studies from leading companies and business support packages available, find out how we can help you make the case for investing in West Yorkshire. Contact our experts for more information. All of our services are complementary, confidential and tailored to your needs.